Lee Eshelman

Lee Eshelman

Assistant Professor of Psychology

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Contact Info:
Campus: McNichols Campus
Building: Reno Hall
Room: 214
Phone: 313-578-0410
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Introduction to Psychology
Cultural Diversity
Trauma and Resilience


  • Ph.D., Miami University
  • M.A., Miami University
  • B.A., Michigan State University


Lee R. Eshelman is a licensed clinical psychologist and assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at University of Detroit Mercy. Prior to joining the faculty in 2019, she earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Miami University. She completed an APA accredited clinical psychology internship at University of Wisconsin – Department of Psychiatry, and a postdoctoral fellowship in Women’s Health with the University of Michigan Medicine/VA Ann Arbor Consortium.

Eshelman is the director of the Trauma, REsilience, and Empowerment (TREE) Lab at University of Detroit Mercy. Broadly, her research program focuses on understanding the impact of trauma on coping, resilience, and psychological outcomes such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance use. Her work aims to explore the complex mental health sequelae following traumatic experiences, to inform strengths-based advocacy for trauma survivors, and to refine evidence-based approaches for culturally informed intervention. Her research has largely focused on interpersonal violence and sexual assault, although her research and clinical interests lie in all forms of trauma.

Eshelman's current program of research examines how individual, cultural and societal factors influence outcomes of interpersonal trauma. Her current projects include understanding how Black women’s experiences of interpersonal trauma and racism-related stressors influence mental health outcomes, help-seeking behaviors, disclosure and resilience. Some of her recently completed research projects examine how PTSD influences emotion regulation abilities among survivors of sexual violence and how men’s experiences of sexual abuse influence mental health and perceptions of their own masculinity. Eshelman maintains collaborations with researchers at other institutions in related areas (e.g., trauma among sexual minority women, interpersonal violence and suicidal behaviors, military sexual trauma, etc.).

At University of Detroit Mercy, Eshelman teaches graduate and undergraduate courses. She is committed to providing strengths-based professional development support to all students with diverse interests and career goals.


    Selected Publications

    • Salim, S.R., Eshelman, L.R., Bhuptani, P.H., & Messman, T.L. (2022). Latent profiles of social reactions to sexual assault disclosure among undergraduate women. Psychology of Women Quarterly,46(1), 66-81. https://doi.org/10.1177/03616843211038924
    • Salim, S.R., Eshelman, L.R., & Messman, T.L. (2021). Binegativity exacerbates the effects of sexual victimization disclosure on posttraumatic stress and drinking among bisexual women. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1177/08862605211047961
    • Charak, R., Eshelman, L.R., Messman-Moore, T.L. (2019). Latent classes of childhood maltreatment, adult sexual assault, and revictimization in men: Differences in masculinity, anger, and substance use. Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 20(4), 503-514https://doi.org/10.1037/men0000185
    • Mokma, T.R., Eshelman, L.R., & Messman-Moore, T.L. (2016). Contributions of self-blame, post-traumatic stress symptoms, and alcohol use to women's risk for forcible and substance-facilitated sexual revictimization. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse: Research, Treatment, & Program Innovations for Victims, Survivors, & Offenders, 25(4), 428-448.  https://doi.org/10.1080/10538712.2016.1161688
    • Eshelman, L.R., Messman-Moore, T.L, & Sheffer, N. (2015). The importance of substance-related rape: Impact of victimization and substance use on risk perception in female college students. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 30(15), 2616-2635. https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260514553630
    • Eshelman, L.R., & Levendosky, A.A. (2012). Dating violence: Mental health consequences based on type of abuse. Violence & Victims, 27(2), 215-228. https://doi.org/10.1891/0886-6708.27.2.215

    * = mentored graduate co-author